Cambridge Woodwind Makers

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Introduction to Key making2019-09-22T17:10:45+01:00

Introduction to Key Making for Woodwind Instruments

Course overview | Demonstrations and discussion about keymaking, repair of broken keys and replacement of missing keywork. Topics covered will include material selection, making your own tools, jigs and fixtures, hard soldering, surface finishing, and the use of castings and casting preparation.

Includes lunch and refreshments.


Key Making – March 2020

Mon 9th March 2020 @ 10:00 - Wed 11th March 2020 @ 17:00

Tutor | Peter Worrell

Through working with both Howarth’s and with Duncan Crawford, Peter has refined the art of woodwind instrument design with focus on mechanisms of oboes, clarinets and flutes. A highly accomplished key maker and craftsman, he now focuses on making entire flutes, though his recent invention of a clarinet that can be played by someone with only a functioning right or left hand is a tour-de-force and ranks him in the top echelons of instrument designers and technicans. Peter also gets involved behind the scenes at Cambridge Woodwind makers and is a valuable part of the organisation.

The course fee covers all the materials, use of tools and expert tuition. It also includes lunch and light refreshments.

Cost | £40 | £30 for NAMIR members | £20 for students

Course duration | 1 day

Times | 10.00am – 4.00pm

Abilities | Of particular interest to woodwind instrument makers and repairers. Suitable for adults and students over 16 years old; musicians, artisans and craftspeople.

Questions | if you have any questions or comments please email Daniel:

Location | 6 Lintech Court, Linton, Cambridgeshire, CB21 4XN, ENGLAND

Transport | The workshop is a few miles south of Cambridge city and can be reached by the route 13 buses. Follow signs to Linton Zoo and we are on the industrial estate next door.

Accommodation |  If you are not local to Cambridge you will need to arrange your own accommodation for the duration of the course. View our accommodation page for ideas.

Participant Guidelines | Please read our participant guidelines which can be found here

Booking | Your reservation on a course is not complete until payment has been received.

Photos | We may take pictures during classes which may be used on our social media feeds and later in publicity. If you wish not to be in photographs please let the tutor and staff know at the start of the class.

Insurance | We have pubic liability insurance, however personal accident insurance is obligatory for non EU participants.

Deposits | Any course with a fee of £200 or more includes a non-refundable deposit of £200.

Alternative Dates | If the dates available do not suit you it may be possible to arrange a date that does. However, we can only run an instrument making course with a minimum of two people and a Repair & Care with a minimum of three.

Upcoming Related Courses

Key Making – March 2020

Mon 9th March 2020 @ 10:00 - Wed 11th March 2020 @ 17:00

Clarinet Barrel Experimentation Day – April 2020

Thu 2nd April 2020 @ 10:00 - 16:30